Sweeteners are widely used to replace sugar in diet and low calorie products within the food and beverage industry. However, many consumers are still worried about these ingredients. So, what are the facts behind low calorie sweeteners?
While there is much evidence to show that consumption of low- or zero-calorie sweeteners can help in weight management, there is also a vast amount of confusion caused by contracting reports that suggest such sweeteners may have negative effects.
So what is the truth?
Are low calorie sweeteners really bad for you? Can they cause weight gain?
The research summarised in the inforgraphic was presented at the IUNS 20th International Congress of Nutrition in Granada, Spain, recently - and suggests that low calorie sweeteners can be an effective tool in weight management.
The presentation, from Professor Adam Drewnowski, director of the Center of Public Health Nutrition, at the University of Washington - who is also director of the University's Center for Obesity Research - concluded that when combined with a healthy diet, being physically active and adopting other healthy behaviours, the use of low-calorie sweeteners to reduce calories can form part of a winning strategy for improved weight management and better health.